05-22-17 John Kiriakou, Doing Time Like a Spy

Monday May 22nd, 8:00PM EST, Video YouTube Live Stream

CIA Whistleblower on torture to discuss his book that was released in May 16th: “Doing Time Like a Spy: How the CIA Taught Me to Survive and Thrive in Prison” A long-time former CIA official and case officer, John Kiriakou became an anti-torture whistleblower and activist when he told ABC News in December 2007 that the CIA was torturing prisoners, that that torture was official U.S. government policy, and that the policy was approved by the President. John was driven to ruin by the Justice Department because of these revelations. Immediately after John’s interview, the Justice Department initiated a years-long investigation, determined to find something–anything–to charge him with. This was his payback for blowing the whistle on the torture program.

John eventually was charged with three counts of espionage, one count of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act and one count of making a false statement as a result of the 2007 ABC News interview. Finally, in order to avoid the risk of spending 45 years in prison, John accepted a plea to violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. All other charges were dropped. Even though he had no criminal intent, and there was no harm to the national security, accepting the plea resulted in a sentence of 30 months in prison. Source: http://www.johnkiriakou.com/about/whi…